Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Forward Farming Series

I'm proud to announce: our recently revamped educational series on urban farming issues is now a partnership with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability.



We will have several more offerings in the next few months, but once again, we're starting with two programs focused on the business aspects of farming in small acreage situations: Business Planning, on July 16, and Marketing, on July 23.

FORWARD FARMING: BUSINESS PLANNING
July 16, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4 pm
location changed to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office   
                                    1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721
Registration: $50 thru July 14 ($65 late and onsite)

 
Business Planning for Your Small-Scale Farming Operation
Planning and management are very important when beginning any operation. We’ll cover both topics in this interactive program. You’ll have a chance to discuss your own opportunities and ideas.
Dr. Danny Klinefelter, Professor and Extension Economist, Director of the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers

USDA's Microloans Program
The USDA Microloan program is designed with small producers in mind. A simplified loan application process and modified eligibility requirements are well-suited to beginning farmers, ranchers, and CSA operators. Learn all about this exciting new program.
Terri Trevino, Farm Loan Manager, USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Financing Panel
This is your opportunity to ask the experts about different financing options – some traditional, some a little more “out of the box”. Bring your questions about agricultural financing through USDA loans, traditional bank loans, grant funding, crowd-funding, and community partnerships.
Mark Rutledge, Capital Farm Credit

Also:
Ag Valuations
TDA Guidelines for Becoming a Certified Organic Operation

A box lunch will be provided. Please list any dietary restrictions you may have or if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/traviscounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604


For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600, drichards@ag.tamu.edu



FORWARD FARMING: SALES & MARKETING
July 23, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4 pm
location changed to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office   
                                    1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Registration: $50 thru July 20 ($65 late and onsite)

MarketReady
The MarketReady Training program prepares producers to develop supplier relationships with restaurants, grocery, wholesale and foodservice buyers. This curriculum is based around specific best business practices (in communications, packaging, labeling, delivery, invoicing, etc.) identified by current buyers – not to miss!
Marco Palma, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Exploring Texas MarketMaker
Explore this virtual market place between Texas producers and buyers, and learn how to create a profile for your farm.
Marco Palma, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Also:
Pati Jacobs Bastrop Cattle Co.

A box lunch will be provided. Please list any dietary restrictions you may have or if you prefer a vegetarian meal.

Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/traviscounty
Register by phone: 979-845-2604


For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600, drichards@ag.tamu.edu

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